Bye Bye Blue Monday
We’ll let you into a little secret.
A psychologist named Cliff Arnall came up with the idea of Blue Monday in 2004. This was in response to a holiday company asking him for a “scientific formula” for the January blues*. Why? Because the company wanted to drive even more business during their busiest holiday booking period of the year!
We think neither a psychologist nor a holiday company should be telling us how to feel. But we do like it that they’ve opened up the important conversation about mental health and wellbeing, a conversation which we fundamentally support here at Gilded Bee.
So this Blue Monday, let’s talk about the 5 steps^ to mental wellbeing which we consistently try to build into our own lives at Gilded Bee, and they really do make us feel great! We also think about them when choosing gifts, which we’ll tell you a bit about at the end.
Enjoy your not-so-Blue Monday!
Five Steps To Mental Wellbeing
1. Connect with others
Good relationships can help you build a sense of belonging and self-worth, you can share your positive experiences with somebody else, and they can provide you with all-important emotional support. We love that Samaritans practise #BrewMonday, encouraging everyone to reach out to someone. So take some time out for a cuppa and a chat today and you’ll be sure to feel better for it.
2. Be physically active
Regular exercise is of course good for your physical health, but it’s often overlooked that it’s crucial for your mental wellbeing as well. It’s proven to raise your self-esteem, helps you feel like you’ve achieved a goal and it actually causes chemical changes in your brain to boost your mood. Lovely! So why not find an activity that you enjoy and make it part of your life? As Joe Wicks famously says, “you’ll never regret a workout”.
The image above is of a bespoke recipe notebook that we created for Wills & Trusts using employee family favourite recipes - see case study here.
3. Learn new skills
This might seem way down there on the to-do list, but you can bring learning into your life in lots of ways. It can be as simple as trying to cook something new, taking on a new responsibility at work or working on a DIY project you’ve been thinking about for ages. You might feel like you don’t ‘need’ to learn something new, but new skills are proven to boost your confidence, give you a new purpose and can even help you connect with new people. Let’s get learning!
4. Give to others
Being kind can actually bring about what's known as a 'helper's high'! At Gilded Bee, we always make time for kindness, whether it's supporting local charities like The Hospice of St Francis, working with ethical partners such as Nemi Teas who support refugees, or including a charitable donation in our gift boxes. Why not offer a helping hand to someone today, or ask someone how they are? You’ll create positive feelings all round.
Being fully aware of the present moment is a superpower, especially difficult in this digital age. One of our most popular gift boxes, 'A Moment to Yourself', includes candles, a Pause journal and bone china tea mugs. Taking moments like this can help you be more mindful in your everyday life, allowing you to enjoy life more and understand yourself better. Embrace the present! You’ll never look back.
If you’d like to know more…
Wellbeing is at the heart of everything we do at Gilded Bee. That's why each of our gifts is carefully selected to support one or more of 'the five pillars' above. From games to promote togetherness, to eco yoga mats and premium 'core exercise' sliders you can use at home, we put thought and care into all of our gifts so they really do make people feel great.